Twinfield Union has a variety of support options and behavioral interventions designed to address the needs of students who may experience learning challenges. A variety of teams, comprised of classroom teachers, special educators, administrators and parents, meet consistently to review academic data and develop strategies that provide a blend of individual and group support that allows our students to become independent learners.
The Educational Support System (ESS) at both the elementary and secondary level is focused on channeling students toward an appropriate level of instruction, intervention or accommodation that will allow them to remain in an inclusive classroom setting. Meetings are held several times a month with referrals coming from classroom teachers or parents. Generally, the person making the referral would attend the meeting and outline their concerns. The team, in turn, would then agree on a plan to address the situation with specific dates to reconvene and assess progress, revising the plan as necessary.
If students continue to experience difficulty they may receive support services, accommodations, or informal assessments. Title I services supplement classroom teaching while supporting younger students in one-to-one or small group instruction.
Should an informal assessment conducted by school staff indicate basic skill deficits or confirm other academic concerns, a comprehensive evaluation to determine if a disability is present, might be the next step.
Students with learning disabilities, attention issues, emotional-behavioral disorders or speech-language deficits might then receive classroom accommodations via section 504 or a more formalized Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in special education or speech and language services.
Parents who have concerns should initially contact their child’s classroom teacher to discuss scheduling a meeting. There are additional details in the 2014 – 2015 Twinfield Union School student parent handbook.